A shower of awards for Swiss International Airlines For the second time, the Helvetic airline has been named best European business class and best airline for short and medium haul flights at the Travel Star Awards run by the magazine Travel Inside. As in 2010, Swiss received the maximum points available, ahead of Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines. Also, for the first time, Swiss was included in the top three “long-haul non-stop” category. www.swiss.com
Le Hameau Albert I, the luxury ecological mountain The first and only hotel in Chamonix to receive a five-star classification, the Hameau Albert Ier has been managed by the same family – the Carriers – for five generations. Nestled at the foot of Mont Blanc, in a Unesco natural heritage site, the Hameau is campaigning for environmentally responsible luxury. Natural materials from the region are favoured for decoration, the water served in the gourmet restaurant comes directly from Mont-Blanc (after filtering), the pool water is treated with a mixed organic UV system and chef Pierre Maillet works with local products. And finally, the new Le Grépon chalet opened last spring, made with materials recycled from the mountain farms. A unique way to enjoy the mountain. www.hameaualbert.fr
An ice rink in the heart of Plaza Athenee To add a little magic to Christmas, the courtyard garden of the Hotel Plaza Athénée has been dressed up with ice to turn it into a 100m2 ice rink. Primarily dedicated to hotel guests, it welcomes children who are invited to enjoy the pleasure in a safe environment – in the presence of a teacher who can even teach them a lesson – while their parents are treated to a cake or a hot chocolate in the Galerie des Gobelins. The children of outside customers can also have access to the rink by ordering the “Puck” menu in the Galerie des Gobelins. www.plaza-athenee-paris.com
The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat best spa resort in Malaysia A member of TemptingPlaces.com collection, The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat has received the Award of Excellence in the category “Best Resort Spa” at the Best of Malaysia Awards, organized by Expatriate Lifestyle magazine. It must be said that the Banjaran spa is unique: an independent hydro-system distributes thermal water throughout the complex and is also used to irrigate the landscape. Lacquered wooden floors, ceilings made from precious wood and natural thatch, cosy design furnishings, teak sliding doors to access the sumptuous bathrooms…The charm of the place, accented by Asian touches, encourages well-being provided by the healing powers of the amethyst and crystal caves. www.temptingplaces.com
Fregate Private Island rewarded by the World Travel Awards For the second consecutive year, Fregate Private Island, a small private island in the Seychelles, was awarded at the last WTA (World Travel Awards) and declared the “Indian Ocean’s Leading Family Resort”. With only 16 luxurious villas, including two specifically built for the comfort of families with children, Fregate Private Island is an Eden shared by a privileged few, who have a love of nature.. www.fregate.com
Armani Hotels & Resorts opens in Milan It is in the centre of the prestigious Milanese “Fashion Square” that the second establishment of the Armani Hotels & Resorts group has just opened. After Dubai, the city that is so dear to the heart of Giorgio Armani welcomes this hotel that remains true to the philosophy of aesthetics, elegance, sophistication and comfort of the fashion designer. The largest hotel in the Italian capital of fashion, the Armani Hotel offers 95 rooms, a gastronomic restaurant, a luxurious spa and a magnificent view of Milan.
The K2, the newest hotel in Courchevel After two years under construction, the K2 will finally open its doors in December in the heart of Courchevel 1850. A true example of luxury, the hotel was designed by Philippe Capezzone, the brains behind Le Kilimandjaro. Located just steps away from the Croisette, the hotel has 29 rooms and five cottages (all with indoor pools), which are dotted along the Cospillot piste. A unique location with one of the best views of Courchevel and luxurious services in an elegant universe of design. www.hotellek2.com
The Hermès carriage returns to service at the Airelles For the second winter season in a row, the 5-star Les Airelles de Courchevel invites its customers to walk in its universe of luxury and charm in its Hermes designed carriage. Made in Taurion Clémence, this unique and custom-made carriage required some special development to create a type of leather that was both waterproof and resistant to low temperatures… www.airelles.fr
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